The final regional winners in the Irish Pub Awards were announced last night (Wednesday, 4th October) in The Squealing Pig, Monaghan. They will now go forward to the National Awards Ceremony on 8th November.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Liam Smyth, Liam Smyth & Son, Ballybay, Pub Personality of the Year winner, North East region, Leo Nicholson, IDL Pernod- Ricard

The winners in the North East are:

Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance: Warehouse Bar and Kitchen, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: PJ O’Hare’s, Carlingford, Co Louth

Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: PJ O’Hare’s, Carlingford, Co Louth

Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers:  Russell’s Saloon, Dundalk, Co Louth

Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken: Russell’s Saloon, Dundalk, Co Louth

Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: Liam Smyth & Son, Ballybay, Co Monaghan

Best Food Pub sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: Murph’s Bistro, Derrygarra Inn, Butlersbridge, Cavan

Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard: Liam Smyth, Liam Smyth & Son, Ballybay, Co Monaghan.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Susan and Fergus Murphy, Murph’s Bistro, Derrygarra, Cavan Best Food Pub winner, North East region, Finbarr Clarke, Musgrave Marketplace

The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and Licenced Vintners Association (LVA).  A series of seven regional events are taking place around the country between 18th September and 4th October to announce 56 finalists through all categories.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Michael Heaney, PJ O’Hare’s, Carlingfod, Best Tourist Pub winner, North East region, Brian Brereton, Molson Coors

Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Liam Smyth, Liam Smyth & Son, Ballybay, Best Local Pub winner, North East region, Stephen McQuaid, Diageo

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, Greg Gormley, Russells Saloon, Dundalk, Outstanding Customer Service winner North East region, Mac Sammon, Heineken

(l-r), Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Damien O’Donnell, Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Innovative Pub of the Year winner, North East region, David Lynch, BOIPA

(l-r), Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Michael Heaney, PJ O’Hare’s, Carlingford, Best Music Pub winner, North East Region, Robin Smith, IMRO

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Greg Gormley, Russells Saloon, Dundalk, Best Outdoor Space winner, North East region, David Whelan, Bulmers